Parrot Mambo Drone Review: An Entry-Level FPV Option You’ll Love

Drone flying is all the rage today. You can hardly go to a national park or on a highly regarded nature walk without hearing one of these buzzing remote control aerial crafts hovering overhead. Drones are great ways to capture footage that no human being would otherwise see, and sports like competitive drone flying are taking off in major ways. It is no wonder so many people are asking about what the best beginner drone on the market is. That is why we put together this Parrot Mambo Drone review: to help those who would like to break into this exciting market.

The reason we chose the model in question for our Parrot Mambo Drone review is that first person viewing drones or FPV drones are quickly becoming the trend on the market. Flying a drone is already a thrill, but it takes it to the next level when you strap your head into a pair of VR goggles and see through your eyes what your drone's camera sees. This makes both aerial observation and drone racing more thrilling events.


The Parrot Mambo Drone Review Process

We went into our Parrot Mambo Drone review with an open mind. Although the Parrot Mambo Drone tends to dominate the discussion on first-person view drones, it is not the only option. To conduct a thorough Parrot Mambo Drone review, we pitted the Parrot Mambo against three worthy competitors.

We evaluated each of these competitors in terms of their price point, how long they take to assemble, how easy they are to use, the overall quality of their design and features, and what sort of warranty the drone comes with. We then scored all four of these drones according to our Parrot Mambo Drone review criteria.

In the end, we picked a winner based on who gained the most points according to our Parrot Mambo Drone review rubric. 

Comparison Table

What Is the Parrot Mambo FPV?

To truly do our job, we needed to compare the Parrot Mambo with other FPV drones and within its price point. This way, we can highlight what makes the Parrot Mambo Drone so special by placing it in the context of its competition.

The Parrot Mambo FPV is a quadcopter drone equipped with a video camera and a feed that broadcasts right into the user's Parrot Cockpit goggles, which are a type of VR helmet. You direct this drone with its Parrot Control Pad, which resembles an Xbox controller so closely many people think it is a video game device when they first see it.

The Parrot Mambo is tiny. It fits in the palm of your hand. That makes it nimble and highly transportable. We had a blast racing it around corners and through obstacle courses throughout our Parrot Mambo Drone review process. If using a video game controller is less than intuitive for you, do not fear. You can easily hook the Parrot Mambo FPV up to your smartphone or tablet and control it from there. As we conducted our Parrot Mambo Drone review, we found that we did prefer the controller to the iPad controls, but it will ultimately boil down to personal preference.

Very little can prepare you for the thrilling rush you feel being “jacked in” to the cockpit of your Parrot Mambo FPV. Your heart will actually flutter when you fly over precipices. You will find yourself ducking your head when you buzz a corner or ceiling. It really is that immersive.

If you have the opportunity, we highly recommend you conduct your own sort of Parrot Mambo Drone review whereby you at least slip on the headset and fly a Parrot Mambo in first person. Words can only go so far in communicating the thrill of first-person drone flying.

All that, and this drone is arguably the cutest item that made our Parrot Mambo Drone review. The Parrot Mambo FPV somewhat resembles a cross between the expressive, higher end robots in Wall-E and a sophisticated piece of military technology. It even has cute LED “eyes” to peer out from.

Product Specs

Like many of the items in our Parrot Mambo Drone review, this item is quite small. It measures only 5.2 x 5.2 x 1.6 inches, and it weighs only about two and a quarter ounces. That means it weighs just about the same as seven french fries or two cocktail-sized cubes of cheese.

The longest we could keep the drone flying in our Parrot Mambo Drone review process was ten minutes. It is powered by 1 D battery, which is fortunately included in the pack.

The box that the Parrot Mambo Drone comes in weighs 2.15 pounds because it comes with the controller and the headset necessary for flying in first person. One great feature that we used much more than we expected throughout our Parrot Mambo Drone review is the ability to stream live to Facebook or YouTube. You can spark a whole new following by broadcasting your thrilling flights.

Pricing

The items in our Parrot Mambo Drone review tend to hover between the hundred to three hundred dollar range. The Parrot Mambo Drone itself can usually be bought in a “like new” condition for around a hundred and seventy dollars. Many of its competitors ask up to fifty dollars less, but they tend not to provide the features you can count on with the Parrot Mambo Drone.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare:

  • Force1 Compatible GoPro Drone
  • Altair AA200 AHP
  • Cheerwing Syma
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  • Parrot Mambo is easy and safe to pilot. Battery lasting up to 10 minutes
  • Includes Parrot Cockpit glasses (FPV goggles) for an immersive flight experience
  • Includes Parrot Fly pad for ultra-precise piloting

Ease of Use: 5 out of 5 Stars

Assembly Time: 4 out of 5 Stars

Design and Features: 5 out of 5 Stars

Warranty: 4 out of 5 Stars

PROS

  • Extremely lightweight and nimble
  • Provides thrilling, high-quality, first-person flight
  • Controller is intuitive
  • Can be used through smartphones and pads
  • Great aesthetics that blend cool and cute

CONS

  • Requires D batteries to run
  • Has a relatively short flight time of ten minutes

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We picked the Force1 Compatible GoPro Drone as a fitting challenger in our Parrot Mambo Drone review for a reason. Whereas the Parrot Mambo looks like a sentient, cutesy robot, the Force1 Compatible GoPro Drone looks like a cutting edge piece of stealth technology.

Not only is this quadcopter all black, it uses brushless blades. These greatly cut down on the sound that it produces while flying. As far as its performance goes, the Force1 Compatible GoPro Drone flies wonderfully. Users can easily perform flips and tricks with this exciting drone.

It does not come with a camera, but its mount perfectly fits a GoPro Hero 3 or a GoPro Hero 4. If you already have this camera and like its quality, then the Force1 Compatible GoPro Drone can be a great option for you. However, this drone does not provide a first-person viewing experience and therefore it falls short of the Parrot Mambo FPV in several regards.

Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 Stars

Assembly Time: 3 out of 5 Stars

Design and Features: 3 out of 5 Stars

Warranty: 4 out of 5 Stars

PROS

  • Excellent stealthy black aesthetics
  • Quiet flying thanks to its brushless design
  • Compatible with multiple types of GoPro

CONS

  • No built-in camera
  • No first person viewing
  • Can be difficult to find in stock

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“Altair” is an abbreviation of an Arabic phrase which translates as “the flying eagle.” After flying this drone for our Parrot Mambo Drone review, it is easy to see why the Altair AA200 AHP gained this name. This quadcopter looks great and flies even better.

Its autonomous hover feature makes the Altair AA200 AHP excellent for those who don't want to have their fingers on the controls the whole time they are flying. The drone will not fall out of the sky or drift while you have it hovering in place. Unlike the Force1 Compatible GoPro Drone, this drone comes with its own camera that shoots live video in 720p.

This is one of the cheapest and most readily available drones to make the shortlist of our Parrot Mambo Drone review.

Ease of Use: 5 out of 5 Stars

Assembly Time: 5 out of 5 Stars

Design and Features: 3 out of 5 Stars

Warranty: 4 out of 5 Stars

PROS

  • One of the cheaper options on this list
  • Shoots in high quality 720p
  • Comes with its own camera
  • Utilizes an easy autonomous hover system

CONS

  • Does not provide a first-person viewing experience
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  • Headless/IOC function. Usually, the forward direction of a flying multi-rotor is the same as the nose direction. By...
  • Equipped with the latest 6-axis flight control systems, 3D lock, More scheduled flight, operating more to the force!
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If you thought the Altair AA200 AHP was a steal, wait until you check out the Cheerwing Syma. Unlike the last two items we listed in this Parrot Mambo Drone review, the Cheerwing Syma embraces the friendlier white aesthetic rather than the stealth tech all-black look.

It is a quadcopter drone equipped with an advanced 6-axis flight control system. It does not come with a VR helmet, but it does come with FPV capability. You will need to hook it up to your Wifi and your IOS or Android device, but then you will receive a continuous feed from the drone to your screen.

Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 Stars

Assembly Time: 3 out of 5 Stars

Design and Features: 5 out of 5 Stars

Warranty: 3 out of 5 Stars

PROS

  • FPV capable
  • Can be controlled with a smartphone or its included RC controller
  • Comes with an advanced 6-axis flight control system
  • Cheapest entry in this Parrot Mambo Drone review

CONS

  • Not the best warranty
  • Does not come with FPV equipment

Conclusion

When it comes to harnessing a first-person viewing experience through a drone, there is only one option that will not break the bank. The Parrot Mambo FPV is both affordable and powerful. Every other drone that can compete in its price range either leaves out the VR helmet or requires additional cameras to be purchased. The choice for superior first-person flying is clear.

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